Samuel E. Hayes, Jr.
Samuel E. Hayes, Jr. was appointed in March 2003, to fill an unexpired term as a representative of Agricultural Societies. He previously served on the Board of Trustees from June 1997 to January 2003 as Secretary of Agriculture.
Secretary Hayes was a lawmaker and legislative leader in the House of Representatives from 1970-1992. He served as Majority Leader and Whip in the House of Representatives.
A native of Huntingdon County, Mr. Hayes has a B. S. and a M. Ed. from The Pennsylvania State University.
He is actively involved in his community, serving on numerous boards. His civic memberships include Chairman of the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Board, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Commission, the Pennsylvania Animal Health Commission, the Hardwoods Development Council, the Agriculture Law Center Board, and the Pennsylvania Fair Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Warriors Mark Grange, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Hayes has received many awards. His honors include: Penn State Alumni Fellow; Penn State Outstanding Alumni Award; Honorary Doctor of Laws, Juniata College; Man of the Year Award, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Cooperatives; Leadership Award, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; Honorary County Agent Award, County Agents of Pennsylvania; Livestock Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Livestock Association; Guardian of Small Business Award, Pennsylvania Federation of Small Business; Pennsylvania 4-H Alumni Award, Pennsylvania 4-H; National 4-H Alumni Award, USA 4-H; Honorary Keystone Farmer Degree, Pennsylvania FFA; Honorary American Farmer Degree, National FFA; Honorary Young Farmer Award, Pennsylvania; Lawmaker of the Year, Pennsylvania Retailer's Association; Barn Raiser Award, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Special Leadership Award, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Cooperatives; Humanitarian Award, Chapel of Four Chaplains; Transportation Advocate of the Year Award, Pennsylvania Highway Information Association; and, the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary International.
Mr. Hayes served five years on active duty with the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War where he received the Bronze Star.
The title of Trustee Emeritus was conferred upon Mr. Hayes on July 11, 2014.